Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’m not normally much of a fantasy reader – I’ve read one too many books that takes a dozen chapters to set up the world and lore before actually diving into the story. I decided to give this book a shot in part because it isn’t a part of a long series (it’s a part of a duo) and because it was highly lauded (nominated for a Printz award). While this is the best fantasy I’ve read in a long time – it’s not entirely without the long winded set up that a lot of fantasy books seem to suffer from.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

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